The greatest professional challenge I have faced is trying to explain to people what I do for a living. When I offer titles like, Spiritual Director, Spiritual Counselor, Hands-on-Healer, Human Development Expert, Teacher, Interfaith Minister, I mostly get met with a blank stare. When I boldly proclaim Author, people mostly cringe. So…in today’s blog, I will try to explain what I, Lauri Ann Lumby, actually do for a living and WHY the services I provide might be of benefit to you!
This is the part of my job that is completely invisible, intangible, defies measurement or explanation, and yet, it is a gift I have that is intimately part of my call, and one I can no longer deny. In my presence, people wake up. They wake up to their own longing, the creative call within them, the desire to know peace, love, joy and the hunger to use their gifts in service to the betterment of the world. Under my gaze and simply by being in my presence, people wake up. Now….with that, there are one of two responses – they either stay and grow, or they run away screaming in fear. The stay and grow part is really cool as I then have the opportunity to be witness to the excitement that happens in the other in the discovery of their gift and their call. The running away in fear piece – that’s a weird one. Fortunately, I no longer take it personally, but it is only a little unsettling when I suddenly become the “enemy” as a projection of their own unacknowledged fear.
Here’s the fun part. When people awaken and they stay, they get to go on a treasure hunt, and I have the profound gift of being their guide. I get to help them uncover their gifts, identify their passions and explore the call of their soul – the uniquely creative way in which they have been gifted to find meaning and purpose in the world and to find fulfillment in sharing this gift in service to the betterment of the world. How fun is that? There are many tools I use to help people in this search – mindfulness and creativity practices, temperament and personality assessments, one-on-one counseling and mentoring.
This is the stage where things get a little messy. The closer we get to our gifts and our call, the harder the ego (our false self) tries to work against us. The ego likes same, status quo, and the harnessing of our gifts almost always means SIGNIFICANT change. So as we approach our gifts, the ego throws all kinds of obstacles in our path – fear, anxiety, past hurts, the unhealed and unrealized parts of ourselves, the inner critic, the negative messages we subconsciously or consciously took on from others, the parts of ourselves we have rejected, suppressed, repressed, etc. The ego does this both from within us and from outside of us. My job is to help my clients and students identify the false self at work and to offer sound practices for freeing themselves from these obstacles. These practices include movement, mindfulness, meditation, shamanic soul retrieval practices, hands-on-healing, the Authentic Freedom protocol which I developed, and others. The goal of the Empower stage of the process is to do just that – EMPOWER. I firmly believe and have come to see that my job is to make TEACHERS, not enable followers. As such, my greatest joy is when one of my clients or students is ready to leave the nest and fly on their own….it is in this moment that I know I have accomplished my task, and that they have fully and freely birthed their own soul. This, indeed, is my greatest joy!
Lauri Ann Lumby is available to AWAKE, EQUIP and EMPOWER you. To set up a one-on-one consultation, call (920) 230-1313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.